Newport Beach, CA --- Heading into the BCS Championship Game, Florida State had yet to face a real challenge up until Monday night.
For the first time this season, their opposition packed a real punch, as the Auburn Tigers gave the Seminoles all they could handle, asking FSU how bad do you want perfection?
After a second half that saw them trail 21-10 heading into the locker room, the garnet and gold came back for the second half and answered, refusing to let the "team of destiny" take theirs.
The undefeated Noles were 4 minutes and 42 seconds away from defeat when Kermit Whitfield changed everything. Jimbo Fisher said he's the fastest kid on the team and Whitfield proved it, outrunning all the Auburn defenders for a 100 yard TD return, giving Florida State their first lead since the early first.
But Auburn no longer wanted to be called this team of destiny; they wanted to be called National Champs. Tre Mason tried to make sure it would happen scoring the go-ahead 37 yard touchdown with 1:19 left.
Though while Jameis Winston struggled early, he led the Noles down field when it mattered most, connecting with Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left to crush Auburn's dreams and make Florida State's come true, as the Seminoles won the final BCS Championship ever 34-31.
Tuesday morning, Jimbo Fisher was on hand in Santa Monica at the team hotel to accept all the National Title trophies on behalf of his team. When speaking to the media, FSU's Jimbo Fisher discussed what it meant to win the program's third ever National Championship and his first a a head coach.
"It was the epitome of what we believe in our program," said Fisher. "We never doubt, we play the next play, and the total focus of toughness, effort, discipline, and pride. Finding crumbs, going higher. Keep compeeting. Not feeling sorry for yourself. Not pouting. It's kinda how life is and to me, it epitomized what our football program is about. And to me, it was our greatest game because it didn't come easy."
While Famous Jameis didn't play to his typical Heisman standard, Fisher's advice during the game was to play though his struggles like only the all-timers can.
"I told him the great ones can put those quarters behind them and they have a chance to win the game at the end. I used to talk about Michael Jordan all the time. He seemed to be 5-20. Last five minutes of the game and he'd hit seven shots in a row. I mean, how does a guy do that? I'm not saying he's Michael Jordan, but those great guys they have that got something down, they can put that behind them and know there's a moment in front of them and go on and play."
As for how he celebrated the win the night before, Fisher didn't have any elaborate plans, just enjoying the moment with those closest to him.
"We enjoyed it a little bit last night. Mainly just came back, had family, and we didn't even leave the room. Just my mom, my family, my brothers, and my friends, and my wife and my kids and just all of us hung out right there. I basically just sat right there in the chair and half fell asleep to be honest with you. "